This week I hit the 250 mile running mark on my Nike + iPod and I love it. I definitely hate running though, it’s rather boring and tends to be a lot of work, but adding a bit of technology to it that allows me to monitor my progress makes it bearable and keeps me in better shape. The Nike + iPod consists of a wireless sensor that attaches to your shoe, a wireless receiver that plugs into your iPod, and the nikeplus.com website. This wireless sensor is designed to slip under the sole of certain Nike shoes which now appear to be down to as cheap as $40, but when I got the device the cheapest shoes that supported it were $100 so I opted for the RunAway which cost me about $10. I read a few comments on the Internet saying these adapters don’t work because the sense works by pressure which you don’t get by strapping the sensor to your laces, but I haven’t had any problems. Now that the Nike shoes have come down in price though, I may get a pair and test out the difference. The sensor and receiver combo runs around $25.
Basically the entire add-on is a glorified pedometer, but it has some great features that allow you to monitor your running. First off you are able to monitor your running, while you’re running. With one push of the center iPod button, you get informed of your distance, time, and pace. You’re also able to monitor your overall running by syncing your runs up to the Nike+ website and tracking how well you’re doing over time. You can also set target goals on the website and track if you are meeting them.
Another nice feature is the ability to set up a power song. Mine is The Eye of the Tiger and it plays whenever I need a little extra motivation by holding down the center iPod button for a few seconds.
I love this add-on and the ability to track my running motives me to run more, but one thing I don’t like is the fact that I can’t change the song very easily while running since the iPod is strapped to my arm and I can’t see the screen. Hopefully this problem with be resolved if the Nike Amp+ ever comes out. It is a wristwatch like remote that allows you to control the iPod while running.
Check it out and I’ll let you know when I hit 500 miles.